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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Mar 30, 2011 01:41    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

John Jaszczak wrote:

One of the major accomplishments of Curator Dr. George Robinson was an extensive update and revision of E. W. Heinrich's Mineralogy of Michigan. Dr. Robinson has been working on a more recent update describing new minerals found in Michigan, which he hopes to release electronically in the near future.

Copies of The Mineralogy of Michigan in softcover and hardcover editions are still available through the museum.

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https://www.museum.mtu.edu/online_gift_shop/books.htm


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PostPosted: Mar 30, 2011 18:22    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Mineralogy of Michigan. The cover specimen is from the Donald Gabriel collection. It was from the Central Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan. (8.5 x 6.8 x 4.6 cm)


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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2011 18:27    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

One of the favorite areas of the old museum for guests to take photographs was in front of the giant sheet copper from the White Pine Mine, Ontonagon Co., MI. The mine closed in 1992.


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PostPosted: Apr 19, 2011 18:37    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Electrical work is nearing completion, and the wall where the large painting of Douglas Hougton will hang has its spotlights ready to to. The southeast corner of the gallery will host an expanded and newly renovated exhibit of fluorescent minerals. The gift shop will be at the main entrance to the museum building.


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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2011 04:28    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Hi John. Thanks for sharing all of this. Is it intended that the new museum will be open all year round?

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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2011 07:20    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Hi Steve,
The new museum, like the old one, will be open year round. There will probably be
a difference between summer and winter hours (yes it seems some times like
we only have two seasons here), but those aren't fully decided yet.
I hope you'll come for a visit!

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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2011 17:28    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Thanks John. I will try to sometime.

On another note, prior to reading this thread yesterday (I found it while searching), I was looking at a couple of Seaman museum specimens that I have and trying to find out more about them. I contacted George Robinson asking a question about the DM prefix on labels attached to my specimens:

"Would the DM refer to Dean Martalock"

and got this response:

"The DM prefix fools everyone, and Dean Martalock would seem a natural fit, but in fact the DM stands for "Display Mineral," an acronym instituted in the 1970s by former curator, Jean Kemp"

Seems there are a few people out there that assume the DM prefix stands for Dean Martalock!

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PostPosted: Apr 26, 2011 17:56    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

I think the DM for "display mineral" was a way to distinguish those specimens from those used for teaching. George Robinson and Robert Rann are finishing up a new book about the museum and the collection. We'll post more when it is about to be published.

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PostPosted: Apr 30, 2011 10:33    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Early next week, the interior of the new A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum building will finished and the museum staff will start the process of moving in! Here are some images from yesterday's final touches.

Exterior work on the grounds and parking lot will continue for a while longer.



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PostPosted: May 08, 2011 20:00    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Entrance is almost finished! Furniture arrives for the offices next and case installation around the outside walls of the gallery is next.


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PostPosted: May 12, 2011 10:11    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Craftsmen and workers are installing the original "wall cases" from the old museum around the perimeter of the new gallery. They took a lot of time and care disassembling and sorting pieces to make the reassembly process as smooth as possible. It looks like they are making great progress!


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PostPosted: May 12, 2011 10:12    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Darlene, our museum manager, is making progress setting up cases in the gift shop.


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PostPosted: May 17, 2011 18:21    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Pat (not shown) has installed cases around the west and south walls. He's a master craftsman!


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PostPosted: May 17, 2011 18:26    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

In the southwest corner of the new gallery, the first specimen was installed last Friday: a large native copper with some silver crystals from the Caledonia Mine, Ontonagon Co., MI.
It was donated by Bill Severance.



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PostPosted: May 20, 2011 22:00    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

It must be official. Curator Dr. George Robinson moved into his new office today after his phone and computer were installed. His fiber optic light is on the table behind him. It will really be official when he gets his binocular microscope out of the case (on the floor)! I brought the chocolate "gems" on the desk to celebrate.


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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 08:13    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Here on May 20, cases are being installed along the north wall of the gallery. Along this wall cases will also be installed perpendicular to the wall running north-south. These will host brand new exhibits- minerals in context of mineral-forming environments!


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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 08:24    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

May 23. Storage trailers filled with furniture and minerals were unloaded at the new building after a long winter.


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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2011 16:43    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

June 1 saw the main gallery filled with palettes of Lane cabinets, minerals, and various books and supplies waiting to be sorted and unloaded. The craftsmen made a lot of progress installing cases for the Keweenaw Gallery and installing lights in the cases.


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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2011 16:45    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

On June 2, some of the cement walks have been poured, grading is almost done for new parking spaces in the existing parking lot, and preliminary landscaping work has been done.


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PostPosted: Jun 12, 2011 18:53    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan T. University, Houghton, Michigan  

Professor Emeritus Alan Johnson (Mining Engineering, Michigan Technological University) stopped by for a visit. He recently visited the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ (I also hope to get back there for another visit).


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